Chevrolet Cruze hatchback previewed pre-Geneva

A hatchback version of the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze compact car is previewed before the 2011 Geneva auto show.

A hatchback version of the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze compact car is previewed before the 2011 Geneva auto show.
A hatchback version of the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze compact car is previewed before the 2011 Geneva auto show. Chevrolet/General Motors

We've been following the Chevrolet Cruze sedan's evolution from concept to production model. We've even taken a first drive in one. Now, as the 2011 Geneva auto show approaches, we get an early look at the production version of the Cruze's hatchback design.

Interestingly, the five-door Cruze's silhouette and roofline don't change all that much from those of the four-door model when viewed from the front quarter. However, when viewed in profile or from the rear quarter, the Cruze begins to resemble a bow-tie badged Subaru Impreza.

While a Geneva debut signals definite European production, there's no guarantee that the Cruze hatchback will be sold in North America. As fans of five-doors, we certainly hope so. Take a look at the preview pictures, then let us know what you think in the comments.

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